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LAF Staff Changes

kathlinda2Program powwow: Katharine and Linda

Linda Ashby, ASLA will be leaving LAF at the end of the month, after 2.5 years with the organization. She began working on the Landscape Performance Series and various communication efforts, before taking on her primary role as manager of LAF’s Case Study Investigation (CSI) initiative. Linda was instrumental in the development of CSI and in taking it from concept to pilot to the signature program that it is today.  We are delighted that she will continue to stay involved as a member of the LAF Research Committee. We wish her all the best as she and her family relocate to the Seattle area and she looks for her next opportunity.

While we will miss Linda’s energy, we are pleased to announce that Katharine Burgess, AICP is already on board to manage the CSI program, bringing expertise in urban planning, research, and writing and an international perspective on landscape performance. Katharine joins LAF after seven years in private practice, where she managed projects ranging from university campus plans to large-scale, mixed-use developments to recovery planning charrettes on the post-Katrina Gulf Coast. Welcome Katharine!

We Moved!

In line with the organization’s growth, LAF has moved to a new office in downtown Washington, DC, just a few blocks from our old one. We’re proud to be in the LEED Gold-certified Liberty Building and hope that you’ll stop by if you’re ever in the neighborhood!

staff-newofficePlease update your records with the new address:

Landscape Architecture Foundation
1129 20th Street NW, Suite 202
Washington, DC 20036

Phone (202.331.7070) and fax numbers (202.331.7079) are the same, though extensions have changed for Programs & Communications (Heather - x16) and Scholarships (Leslie - x14).

To download new vCards for the LAF staff, click on the links below. 

Barbara  |   Heather  |   Matt   |   Emily  |   Katharine

We're Hiring a Program Manager

The Landscape Architecture Foundation currently has an opening for a multi-talented Program Manager to lead our signature Case Study Investigation (CSI) program and support the Landscape Performance Series. The full-time, 40 hour/week position in Washington, DC offers a first-hand opportunity to guide transformative research and promote the “next practices” in sustainable design.

See the full job announcement on our Opportunities page for all the details.

New LAF Board of Directors

The 2012-2013 LAF Board of Directors began its term on September 28 at LAF’s Annual Board Meeting in Phoenix. Bill Main, Hon. ASLA of Landscape Forms took the reins as President, succeeding Lucinda Sanders, FASLA of OLIN, whose leadership was essential in helping the Foundation plan strategically for future growth. Jacinta McCann, FAILA of AECOM became President-Elect.

board-bmcsLAF Board President Bill Main with Executive Director Barbara Deutsch and Past President Cindy Sanders

Nate Cormier, ASLA of SvR assumed a new role as Vice President of Communications with the four other officers continuing in their positions on the the leadership team:

  • Vice President of Finance:
    Mark Dawson, FASLA, Sasaki Associates
  • Vice President of Development:
    Gregg Sutton, ASLA, EDSA
  • Vice President of Communication:
    Nate Cormier, ASLA, SvR Design Company
  • Vice President of Education:
    Kristina Hill, PhD, Aff. ASLA, University of Virginia
  • Vice President of Research:
    Forster Ndubisi, PhD, ASLA, Texas A&M University

Kathy Garcia, FASLA of the City of Del Mar retired off the Board after five years of service, including a term as President in 2011 and two years as Vice President of Finance. Her legacy includes leading the organization during a time of significant restructuring and growth. Glenn Walters, ASLA of Design Workshop also left the Board after five years, and Jonathan Mueller, FASLA rotated off after twice serving in an Ex Officio capacity as an ASLA Representative.

Nine new Directors joined the LAF Board, bringing experience and insights from design firms, industry and academia. David Malda, LAF’s 2009 National Olmsted Scholar, was selected for the second of two recently created Director positions for past Olmsted Scholars. The Board also created a new Ex Officio position for the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) Vice President of Research, currently held by Ming-Han Li. Welcome to the new Board members:

  • Paul Bambauer, Ironsmith, Inc
  • Ignacio Bunster-Ossa, FASLA, Wallace Roberts & Todd
  • Christopher Fannin, HOK Planning Group
  • Adam Greenspan, ASLA, PWP Landscape Architecture
  • Ming-Han Li, PhD PE, PLA, Texas A&M University 
  • Susan Hatchell, FASLA, Susan Hatchell Landscape Architecture
  • David Malda, Gustafson Guthrie Nichol
  • Allyson Mendenhall, PLA, Design Workshop
  • Laura Solano, ASLA, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates

Through their vision, leadership, passion, and active engagement, Board members are directly responsible for the health and impact of LAF and its programs. Thanks to all for your commitment to serve and contributions toward achieving LAF’s mission!

LAF Board Member Chip Crawford Joins Forum Studio

LAF past President and current Board Member Chip Crawford, FASLA has joined Forum Studio as Senior Principal in the St. Louis, Missouri office, where he will lead a dynamic team of planners, landscape architects and urban designers. Chip comes to Forum from HOK where he built the HOK Planning Group, a global business unit of the renowned architecture firm.

chipcrawford-forumAccording to the press release from Forum Studio:

“We are set to bolster our presence and build Forum Studio in to a leading design firm with global reach. Having an internationally recognized landscape architect like Chip Crawford is a key component to our strategy,” said Chris Cedergreen, Forum president and senior principal. “Chip is a legendary leader in the industry for 28 years. His design vision, leadership and experience are critical differentiators that will help us deliver on our promise of expertise-driven, performance-based design.”

“Forum Studio presents an exciting opportunity for me to design in a truly collaborative environment, where innovative design ideas meet real-world construction and implementation expertise,” said Chip. “As the name suggests, it’s the forum that we are creating that enables us to deliver outstanding results for clients. I am thrilled to be a part of that.”

Chip has served on the LAF Board since 2005 and had been instrumental in the foundation’s growth with his big-picture thinking, global perspective, interest in performance. Congratulations to Chip and Forum!